2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

The Connecticut Tech Act Project is presenting the 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Downtown Hartford Hilton in Hartford, CT. Registration with early bird pricing is available now through January 18, 2019.

For more information regarding this event, please visit:

Information and Registration for 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

Twenty-First Annual Youth Leadership Forum is Coming in July!

Once again this summer, students with disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in a four-day Youth Leadership Forum at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. This Forum brings together high school students with disabilities throughout Connecticut to explore personal leadership skills, participate in team building activities, define career goals, develop and practice self-advocacy and independent living skills, and create a specific action plan that describes what they will accomplish. Opportunities exist for both students and staff.

Please review more information and the application form using the Web links below. Feel free to forward this information to all those who may have an interest or may assist in further dissemination. Additional copies of the application are available at www.ctylp.org. 

2019 Youth Leadership Forum Student Application

2019 Youth Leadership Forum Staff Application

Opportunity for Support – Connecticut’s School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG)

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) announces a Technical Assistance (TA) opportunity through the CSDE’s  School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG). The Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is an assessment tool used to inform school’s current behavioral interventions and supports implementation levels.

For more information on the TFI process, please review the attached informational flyer at GOT FIDELITY_TFI

Technical Assistance Available Through the CT School Transformation Grant

A technical assistance opportunity through the Connecticut State Department of Education’s School Climate Transformation Grant is available to schools that have completed one year of PBIS training in the past.

Please see additional information by visiting:

School Climate Transformation Grant technical assistance opportunity

REMINDER: Required Legislation – Language and Communication Plan for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Effective July 1, 2012, Section 11 of Public Act (P.A.) 12-173, entitled an Act Concerning Individualized Education Programs and Other Issues Relating to Special Education, requires that the individualized education program (IEP) of any child identified as deaf or hard of hearing must include a language and communication plan (LCP) developed by the child’s planning and placement team (PPT).  Any child with an identified hearing loss, regardless of whether deafness or hard of hearing is the primary disability category, must have a LCP which documents the considerations and/or actions discussed and identified by the child’s PPT.

The LCP must address:

  • The primary language or mode of communication chosen for the child;
  • Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the primary language or mode of communication for the child;
  • Educational options available to the child;
  • The qualifications of teachers and other professional personnel administering the child’s LCP, including the teachers’ or professionals’ proficiency in the primary language or other mode of communication for the child;
  • The accessibility of academic instruction, school services and extra-curricular activities for the child; and
  • Communication and accommodations in the physical environment for the child.

Section 300.324(a)(2)(iv) of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that the child’s PPT consider the following areas regarding the communication needs of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing:

The child’s language and communication needs;

  • Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the child’s language and communication mode;
  • The child’s academic level;
  • The child’s full range of needs, including opportunities for direct instruction in the child’s language and mode of communication; and
  • Whether the child’s needs a technology device and/or service(s).

Section 11 of P.A. 12-173 requires documentation of the special considerations outlined in the IDEA and P.A. 12-173 through a LCP developed by the child’s PPT and included in the IEP of each child who is deaf or hard of hearing.  This requirement is reflected on page 10 of the IEP.  The LCP is available on the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) web site at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/word_docs/deps/special/language_and_communication_plan.doc

The CSDE has made available the LCP since 2009 as a tool recommended for use as a best practice document for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The passage of P.A. 12-173 now makes the LCP a required part of the IEP for each child who is deaf or hard of hearing.  The CSDE has posted the LCP as part of the IEP form on the CSDE web site.  To assure that each child’s unique needs are identified and considered in the development of a child’s IEP, the LCP must be developed at the initial IEP for each child who is deaf or hard or hearing and must be reviewed at least annually and revised as appropriate. The LCP as developed and/or revised must be included in the IEP.

Additional LCP resources that are available on the CSDE website include:

Annotated Language and Communication Plan [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/annotated_language_and_communication_plan.pdf

Language and Communication Plan FAQ’s [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/faqs_langauge_and_communication_plan.pdf

Memo from Chief Operating Officer – Section 11 of Public Act 12-173: Required Language and Communication Plan for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/public_act_12_173_lcp_memo.pdf

Questions regarding the LCP can be directed to Colleen Hayles at 860-713-6922 or via email at colleen.hayles@ct.gov.

 

“Regional Chats” with the Bureau of Special Education’s Bureau Chief, Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez

With a focus on “Evolving Relationships that Work for Kids”, special education directors are invited to chat with Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez during a series of six sessions around the state designed to foster an open dialogue and address topics important to the field. With the first session scheduled for November 20th and the final session for June 17th, Dr. Rodriguez plans to discuss topics such as:

  • Partnerships Aligned with State Regulations and New Laws,
  • Building Capacity of General Education Administrators,
  • Working with Families in the Places Where They Live,
  • Creating Advocacy Opportunities for Students with Disabilities within Boards of Education and Central Office,
  • Working Together to Racially, Culturally, and Linguistically Diversify Our Special Education, and
  • Director’s Workforce, and Developing Community Partners.

For a complete list of sessions, locations and times, please see the following link:

Regional Chats with the Bureau Chief

 

 

Assistive Technology Resource Guide

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has published a resource document on assistive technology (AT) called the Connecticut’s Resource Guide of Assistive Technology, Supports and Accommodations for Daily Instruction and Formative, Interim and Summative Assessments.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) states that AT must be considered in the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students often need assistive technology supports to access instruction and participate in assessments.

The purpose of Connecticut’s Resource Guide of Assistive Technology is to inform educators, instructional staff, parents and students about available resources for consideration during instruction and highlight elements for individualized supports/accommodations that mirror supports utilized during instruction for assessment such as on the Connecticut’s Alternate Assessment (CTAA) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

Utilizing these resources in conjunction with the Connecticut AT Guidelines during instruction as well as assessment, provides students access to enriched educational experiences, prepares them to be career and college ready, and ensures that positive educational outcomes can be realized for all students.

If you have questions related to the AT Resource Guide and/or AT Guidelines, please contact Thomas Boudreau, Bureau of Special Education, at 860-713-6925 or thomas.boudreau@ct.gov.